The worst affected areas included those in the countryside and the beach of San Juan, where the devastating effects of 150 millimetres of rain in only 24 hours are plain to see. Five residential areas containing over 350 homes in Avenida de Niza and Avenida Costa Blanca were flooded, and on Tuesday 120 of them, which are home to around 360 people, were still without running water or electricity.
As Tuesday dawned garages and gardens were still under water, as is often the case with areas which are below sea level, but on this occasion even those which are equipped with pumps to expel water were flooded as the sheer volume of water was too great for them to cope.
Elsewhere, in San Vicente del Raspeig, where the precipitation recorded on Monday reached almost 200 millimetres, the Azorín primary school was completely flooded and other schools were also closed on Tuesday, when the scene in the streets was more reminiscent of Venice than of the Costa Blanca as the tarmac was invisible under the accumulated floodwater. The Policía Local report that on Monday evening 105 calls for help were received in four hours, while the fire brigade were also heavily in demand, mainly to help pump water out of flooded premises.
Among those who had to be rescued were a mother and her three children who clambered onto the roof of their house in the Los Girasoles residential area, and a female driver in Calle Clavel who was trapped inside her car as the floodwater rose to halfway up the door.